A Type 52 Bugatti 'Baby', French, circa 1929,

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Lot 174
A Type 52 Bugatti 'Baby', French, circa 1929,

Sold for £ 24,150 (US$ 32,999) inc. premium
A Type 52 Bugatti 'Baby', French, circa 1929,
numbered 275A, long chassis type, fully restored, in traditional Bugatti blue, with 'silver' brightwork. The panelled bodywork with cut louveres and removable bonnet held by leather strapping. The wheels and spare fitted with Dunlop 3.50 x 5.50R 'juvenile' pneumatic tyres, the four road wheels marked 275, the spare numbered 268. Each road wheel fitted with cable operated expanding wooden shoe braking system Powered by Paris-Rhone 12 Volt battery operated electric motor, with geared drive to rear axle. Steering worm drive steering box via drag link, The seat back squab lifting out as does a section of the rear bodywork, allowing a small blue painted metallic seat to fit into the space permitting the child's car to be driven by older uses and extending the cars usefulness, 189cm long.

Footnotes

  • The first Bugatti of this type was manufactured as a one off for Ettore Bugatti's second son Roland, designed to replicate the look of the current Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix car and its derivatives. However following exhibition at the Milan Automobile Salon so much interest was shown in the model that Bugatti made the decision to put the model into production as the Type 52 or 'Baby' aimed at children between the ages of 6 and 8 years old.

    Driven by a rear mounted 12 volt battery powered electric motor giving it a maximum speed of 15-18kph, with a reverse gear operated via a switch reverse the polarity of the motor.

    Undoubtedly an expensive and exclusive item in its day the Type 52 was much in demand with the rich and famous, races being held for them on occasions at Grand Prix at suitably glamorous locations such as Monte Carlo where their big brother GP cars would be competing.
A Type 52 Bugatti 'Baby', French, circa 1929,
A Type 52 Bugatti 'Baby', French, circa 1929,
A Type 52 Bugatti 'Baby', French, circa 1929,
A Type 52 Bugatti 'Baby', French, circa 1929,
A Type 52 Bugatti 'Baby', French, circa 1929,
A Type 52 Bugatti 'Baby', French, circa 1929,
A Type 52 Bugatti 'Baby', French, circa 1929,
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